San Diego Earth Day presents ...
1996 EARTH Awards
Recognizing contributions to the
by Julaine Chattaway
environment by groups and individuals
e have proof that acting environmentally is good business.
San Diego Earth Day's 1996 EARTH (Environmental Achievement and Restoration
That Helps) Awards will be awarded to businesses, individuals and - for
the first time this year - to a youth project. Master of Ceremonies Ed Begley
Jr., actor and environmentalist, will present these awards at San Diego
Earth Day's sixth annual VIP (Very Important Planet) Reception to be held
on Thursday, April 18th at the Paladion in downtown San Diego.
The evening will begin with a Silent Auction of "Earth-friendly"
goods donated to support SDED programs. The auction is set amongst a sumptuous
buffet contributed by more than 25 area farms and restaurants involved with
SDED's and Mothers and Others "Campaign for Sustainable Food Choices."
Contributors to the buffet include: Monsoon, Bayou Bar & Grill, Cafe
India, the Golden Door, Scudaloro, Star of India, Kung Food, Laurel, Kashi,
Alaska Wild Teas, Fetzer Bonterra Organic Wines, and Earth's Choice Organic
This "black-tie optional benefit for SDED is co-sponsored
by Solar Turbines, Photomation West and with a contribution from The Nature
Conservancy. Tickets are $25 and include valet parking. Make reservations
by calling 496-3361.
Green ribbon committee
Approximately 30 companies, businesses, clubs and individuals
were nominated. The nominees range from a San Diego semiconductor facility
to a Mira Mesa 6th grader, who stopped the rezoning of an area because he
noticed it was the home to very rare local wetlands.
The judges include: Scott Murray, a local organic farmer
and industrial ecology consultant; Lori Saldaña, Chair of the Executive
Committee of the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club; Carolyn Chase, a
San Diego Earth Day and Citizen's for Clean Air Policy board member, and
San Diego Earth Times editor; Bill Harris, a recycling specialist with the
City of San Diego, Department of Environmental Services; and Julaine Chattaway
(that's me), San Diego Earth Day Youth Outreach Coordinator. A special thanks
is also due to George Story, the key SDED volunteer who contributed many
hours in sending out and collecting applications.
The envelope, please
The following organizations have been nominated for an EARTH Award:
- BankAmerica, as a founding member of the Recycled Paper Coalition,
a network of 140-plus national companies stimulating demand for recycled
products. Also, for their in-house waste reduction and recycling program.
- Cabrillo National Monument, for protection and restoration
of Point Loma's rare and native ecosystems.
- Centre City Towing, as the first towing company to use compressed
natural gas in their fleet.
- S.D. Convention Center Corp., for participating in the nationwide
"Green Lights" program, reducing their energy consumption and
pollution by saving over 1 million kilowatt hours.
- Earth Connections, a retail store in Grossmont Center offering
eco-smart consumer choices.
- Earth Media/San Diego Earth Times, for its work in public education.
- Eidsmoe's R.V. Service Center, Inc., for recycling used oil
and running a clean, environmentally-aware shop.
- Endangered Habitats League, for building relationships between
citizens, conservationists and elected officials to prevent habitat loss
and implement regional planning to prevent future endangered species.
- Escondido Disposal, who gives composting and worm box presentations
to elementaries, giving kids a better understanding about nature.
- Grealy & Associates, for providing consulting and inspection
services to the organic agriculture industry.
- Raul J. Jaquez, an individual that built a solar array at his
home to power his workshop where he produces sculptures dedicated to the
Earth and Family.
- Lotsa Pasta, a Pacific Beach restaurant that has eliminated
Styrofoam packaging and paper place mats. They now use recycled napkins
and have implemented a strict recycling program.
- Mother's & Others' Sustainable Shopper's Campaign, a public
education program for the consumer on how to make food choices in the marketplace
that are healthy for families and the environment, promoting locally and
organically grown food.
- Naval Station San Diego, for an aggressive clean-up program
for contaminated soil, and for establishing a Restoration Advisory Board.
- Naval Public Works Center Transportation Department, for conversion
of approximately 1/3 of their fleet - from sedans to tractor trailers -
to compressed natural gas.
- Resource Conservation District of Greater S.D. County, for
working with the community to increase awareness of the importance of protecting
our natural resources, with increased efforts in education for youth.
- San Diego County Water Authority, for developing a Water Quality
Testing Program, training more than 185 teachers to use water kits with
their students to test our local waters for pollutants, and for creating
a data bank to enter the results.
- SDG&E, nominated for three different awards: 1. Their Endangered
Species Program that includes environmental protection polices that are
unprecedented in the utility industry; 2. Demand-side Management Program,
a conservation approach to energy-saving efficiency while saving customers'
money; 3. A solid waste recycling program, reducing waste sent to landfills
by 90 percent, saving over $500,000.
- SGS-Thomson Microelectronics, Inc., the first plant in the
United States to meet strict new international standards for environmental
performance in industry.
- Sheffield Platers, for pro-active pollution prevention and
employee education with emphasis on holistic approaches. Their new facility
doubles Federal agency requirements.
- Sony Electronics America, for an advanced recycling program
with more than 70 percent efficiency. Also, for development of a retrofit
system that takes underutilized waste products and underutilized land and
develops an industrial ecology system that grows food organically for consumption
by 3,100 employees on site.
- United States Postal Service, for a recycling system for undeliverable
Business Bulk Mail, cardboard, wooden pallets and office paper, plus an
office paper reduction program.
- UCSD Waste Prevention and Recycling, for their "Recycle
More!" Program that involves participation of half of the faculty and
staff, plus an intensive education program and newsletter for staff and
These nominees, from big corporations to individuals,
prove that striving to be on the cutting edge environmentally is a powerful
impetus for creating innovative technologies, products, processes and jobs.
These people working to improve our local environment contribute greatly
to improving and preserving our quality of life. We at San Diego Earth Day
sincerely appreciate their efforts and encourage others to see what they
can do to in their own lives to make a positive difference on this planet.
Together, we CAN do it!
- Chaparral High School was nominated for two awards, 1. The
at-risk students have adopted an inner-city elementary (Rowan Elementary)
for the Teen Friends program in which they teach younger kids about the
environment and provide mentoring opportunities; 2. A recycling program
that in the last 5 years has grown by 80 to 100 percent, cutting trash pick-ups
by over 50 percent.
- Chula Vista Junior High, whose ecology club organized the Community
Action Committee, set-up a campus recycling system and began a county pilot
program to establish carpools for students. This is the only school testing
for air pollution.
- Brian M. Parrish, an individual youth, who as a 6th grader
not only learned about rare vernal pools, but informed others about their
local existence. This included San Diego City Planners that had planned
development of the land. Because he cared enough to write a letter and follow-up,
this 14-acre site in Mira Mesa will not be developed and is now the site
for a Nature Learning Center for area schools.
Please join us and meet these local innovators on April
18th from 6 to 9pm.
Send checks for $25 per ticket to: San Diego Earth Day
P.O. Box 9817, San Diego CA 92169. Please mail checks by April 11; after
the April 11, please call 496-3361.